Training for Dancers
Yael holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2007-2011), and is a former member of the Vertigo Dance Company In Israel (2011-2015). Currently works as a freelance dancer, teacher and independent dancemaker. Additionally, Yael is a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner.
Teaching classes and workshops around the world, Yael has developed a movement vocabulary and approach that incorporates principles and images from Yael’s background of release-based techniques, classical ballet, partnering, the Feldenkrais Method and more primal forms of human intuitive and impulsive movement.
In search of structural patterns that promote ease of movement, particularly with respect to floorwork, the class is devoted to awaken the body awareness, finding skeletal support for explosive movement, examining relationships between gravity and space, using imagery and the imagination in movement initiation, and acknowledging the interplay of physicality, emotion and intellect.
The class is structured in such a way that dancers can’t resort to habitual movement strategies. The movement material changes and evolves at such a pace that habitual responses are effectively bypassed, sending participants on a quest for additional, new and surprising possibilities. When people come to experience an enlarged set of options, they become more creative and resourceful, and develop reactions of a more spontaneous and precise nature.
Photo: “YOVE” by Jasmine Ellis, Photo Ray Demski